Brisbane Recycling Art Competition 2016

The popular Brisbane Recycling Art Competition is on again this year at the end of May. This trash to treasure exhibition features 10 local Brisbane artists who showcase what you can make out of unwanted homewares and household items.

The artists have 10 weeks to create an artwork from recycled furniture, homewares and textiles from recycle centres and Tip Shops. Tip Shop is the Council’s initiative, collecting goods that would have otherwise ended up in landfill. The free exhibition and competition opens on Friday 27th May are is based on public voting through the Council’s website. The winners will receive a cash prize, sharing $4,000 in prize money.

We take a look at some of the past winners and their creations.

Octopus’s Garden – Bec Peart and Martin Pedder

Winners of the 2014/2015 competition, Bec Peart and Martin Pedder created Otto, a mechanical octopus and his garden from a wooden TV cabinet, bike parts, four wrought iron chairs, cogs and a birdcage. Says Bec “the mechanical octopus dreams of being ‘under the sea’. Unfortunately, he’s made of scrap metal so he cannot go in the water as he will rust and seize up!”. Their Steampunk style also won the couple the 2013 competition with their fabulous creation Junkalina and the Clockingbird.

Tip Turkey – Robert Hains

The second place winner of the 2014/2015 competition was Robert Hains with ‘Tip Turkey’ a kinetic sculpture resembling the Australian White Ibis, nicknamed the ‘tip turkey’ as it likes to hang around garbage sites. The piece sits on a bar stool, the legs and wings are made from the springs and base of a single bed, the head is made out of a tree lopper and spanners. Robert says you have to go to the Tip Shops “with a completely open mind”.

City of Timber and Haiku – Mika Nakamura-Mather

The third place winner of the 2014/2015 competition was Mika Nakamura-Mather with her impression of the city of Brisbane made out of recycled timber from old Queensland houses. The work strives to evoke a feeling of place. Explains Mika “The imperfections of recycled timbers tell tales of lives lived. Like flotsam and jetsam after a flood, the city survives disasters and storms and thrives through reconstructing its rich histories and memories.”